Court Stays Karnataka Ban on Pepsi Partially
K Raghu
DNA India
September 5, 2006

BANGALORE: A single-judge bench of the Karnataka high court stayed the state's notification to ban the sale of aerated drinks of cola major Pepsi in hospitals and government offices on Monday. The ban, however, will still be in force in schools and colleges.

Justice DV Shailendra Kumar, after hearing a petition from Pespico India Holdings, passed an interim order partially staying the ban. The next hearing is scheduled for September 25.

The JD(S)-BJP combine in Karnataka had banned the sale of 11 brands of aerated drinks manufactured by Pepsi and its rival Coca-Cola in government offices, hospitals and educational institutions in the state, after it found pesticide levels beyond permissible limits on samples tested at an accredited lab.

The government had filed cases against the cola majors at the small causes court under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954.

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